Because Alzheimer’s disease is usually associated with an older age demographic, it is important to help your loved one stimulate their brain in order to sharpen thinking, reasoning, memory, and processing abilities! Mental exercise also vitalizes the brain and can help seniors maintain an overall feeling happiness in their senior living community. Could it really be true that if you don’t use it, you lose it?
Healthy Diet, Healthy Mind
As part of the human body, your loved one’s brain benefits from all they do to keep their body fit and healthy. Exercise and eating well are both essential elements in maintaining a sharp mind, as the brain needs the right balance of nutrients to operate well. Numerous studies have proven that a high intake of fats and cholesterol is associated with higher risk for Alzheimer's. Stay away from fried foods and eat more dark fruits and vegetables, fish, lean proteins and nuts to develop healthy food habits!
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying physically fit doesn’t just keep muscles healthy. The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation has established that exercise can reduce older adults’ risk of Alzheimer’s by fifty percent! Daily exercise should include activities that help get your loved one’s heart rate up, stretch their muscles, and promote a healthy mind. Short walks exploring the outdoors, minor stretches, physical games like tennis, and even yoga.
Yoga is a gentle exercise that fosters mindfulness as much as it involves physical activity. With a focus on meditation, deep breathing, and self-awareness, yoga helps expand the mind, reduce stress levels, stretch muscles, and helps with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Start an active life with a yoga class today!
The brain demands exercise to keep it strong and healthy, just like all muscles in your body. Reading has been found to enhance connection in the brain improving cognitive abilities. A decline in brain function is a side effect of aging, but regular reading may help delay the effects. Keeping the mind active and engaged can slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Reading books, magazines, or blogs have many different components, a plot, characters, dialogue, and settings are just a few of those things. Reading requires someone to use memory muscles, helping the muscle long term. Exercising the brain in challenging ways can lead to a slower rate of decline in memory. An additional benefit of reading for seniors is that it may reduce stress!
Restful sleep is essential to human function at every stage of life. Researchers have found that insomnia or a lack of sleep is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s. By making an effort to get between 7-8 hours of sleep every night, it can potentially lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Just as our bodies need physical exercise to stay fit and healthy, our brains also need constant activity to keep sharp and mentally healthy. The Pavilion Senior Living believes that following a brain-healthy lifestyle and performing regular, targeted brain exercises help our brains continue to learn new things. Mental exercise stimulates the brain and can help seniors sharpen their thinking, reasoning, memory and processing abilities but most importantly fight back against Alzheimer’s disease!